This Forum will incorporate the 76th ASC of the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (NZSOHNS), 11th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Rhinologic Society (ANZRS), the 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian New Zealand Society of Paediatric Otolaryngology (ANZSPO) and Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons (AAFPS).
The organising committee has assembled one of the best international faculties of expert Paediatric and Rhinologic practitioners for this Forum.
A stimulating scientific program with relevance to all practicing Otolaryngologists is planned. This Forum will provide an opportunity to hear from leading International authorities in both Rhinology and Paediatric ORL.
The program will feature keynote lectures and the latest in innovative techniques as well as free papers. Following the tremendous success of the previous Forums, we have continued with a program that includes case based panel discussions and the opportunity to meet leading experts in the field.
As well as clinical aspects, basic science research will be presented and we look forward to keeping abreast of the developments in the area.
Forum Convenor | President Australian New Zealand Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology
President - New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Cathy Ferguson is an Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon from Wellington New Zealand. She was a generally elected Councilor for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for 9 years, holding a number of portfolios over that time, and was the College Vice President for the final 2 years.
She was NZ Censor for the College from 2009 – 2016, and prior to that served 9 years on the New Zealand National Board of the College, with 2 years as its Chair. She is currently the New Zealand Deputy Chair of the Court of Examiners for the College, and is the New Zealand member on the Surgical Directors Section Committee.
Dr Ferguson has served on RACS Expert Advisory Group (EAG) appointed by the College in 2015 and 2021 - 2022 to investigate and advise the College on the issues of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment. The most recent EAG review has resulted RACS adopting wide ranging recommendations and the launch of the 2022 Building Respect and Improving Patient Safety Action Plan. Dr Ferguson continues to champion the College 'Lets Operate with Respect' program of works to improve the culture of surgery and promote respectful workplaces.
Dr Ferguson served on the Training Education and Accreditation Committee of NZOHNS for 9 years and was President of NZSOHNS in 2009 – 2010. She has been co-opted by the NZSOHNS Council to serve as president again until July 2023.
President - Australia and New Zealand Rhinologic Society
Richard currently works as a dedicated rhinologist (nose, sinus, allergy and endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery) at Macquarie University and St Vincent's Hospitals in Sydney. He is the program head of Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery at the Applied Medical Research Center of UNSW and is Professor at both the University of NSW and Macquarie University. After several years of post-training fellowships, including formal fellowships in the USA and UK, Richard practices in Sydney, Australia, as one of only a few dedicated rhinologists in the country.
He has authored over 300 publications, books, book chapters and completed his PhD in trans-nasal skull base surgery. Prof Harvey has been ranked as the top Australian researcher in otolaryngology in the past 3 years. Richard has presented over 800 lectures and talks on sino-nasal disease management. He is the current Editor-in-chief of the Australian Journal of Otolaryngology (ww.w.TheAJO.com) as well as an associate editor for the Cochrane ENT disorders group currently and contributes to the editorial board for Rhinology Journal and other international journals.
Prof Harvey is the current president of the Australian & New Zealand Rhinologic Society and the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons. He is the recipient of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the Art and Science of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, intended to recognize members who are providing outstanding OHNS services beyond their normal practice activities.
Along with training surgeons in both developed and emerging countries, Richard runs a series of courses with Sydney every year to further rhinologic education and training in Australia.
ANZRS Academic Chair
Associate Professor Raewyn Campbell currently works as a dedicated Rhinologist and Skull Base surgeon in Australia.
Raewyn completed 3 international fellowships in Rhinology and Skull Base surgery in Auckland, New Zealand and Philadelphia and Columbus, USA. Raewyn has published multiple journal articles and book chapters and has presented at specialist conferences worldwide. She is actively involved in teaching medical students and otorhinolaryngology/ENT trainees and teaches at rhinology and skull base courses locally and internationally.
Raewyn has also trained surgeons internationally and is actively involved in ongoing rhinology and skull base research.
She is on the editorial boards for the Australian Journal of Otolaryngology and Rhinology (Frontiers in Allergy special edition) and is a reviewer for multiple academic journals. She is currently undertaking a PhD at The University of Sydney. Raewyn has an active interest in both paediatric and adult otolaryngology and rhinology.
Dr Hannah Burns
ANZSPO Academic Chair
Paediatric Otolaryngologist Queensland Childrens Hospital, Brisbane, Senior Lecturer University of Queensland.
Dr Burns undertook advanced otolaryngology training in Queensland, gained her fellowship in 2008 and spent 18 months at Evelina Children's Hospital, London sub-specialising in paediatric ENT.
She is a visiting medical officer at Queensland Children's Hospital, a senior lecturer with the University of Queensland and a partner in a busy private practice. She has a particular interest in airway disorders, both adult and paediatric.
She is the supervisor of training for Otolaryngology at QCH and runs an annual paediatric airway course in Brisbane. Collaborating with other departments and specialist groups, she has presented papers, locally, nationally and internationally exploring all facets of paediatric otolaryngology. She is a strong supporter of diversity in surgery and an active member of Women in Otolaryngology.
ANZSPO Academic Chair
Dr Marlene Soma obtained her Fellowship in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in 2006 then subspecialised in Paediatric Otolaryngology with a particular interest in airway conditions.
She trained at Great Ormond St Hospital for Children, London UK for 18 months as well as Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA for 12 months. She was appointed at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick in 2009 and has been the treasurer for the Australian New Zealand Society for Paediatric Otolaryngology (ANZSPO) since 2011.
She is actively involved in teaching and research, and has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings.
NZSOHNS Academic Coordinator
Alice works in Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa in Aotearoa New Zealand. She completed her training in Otolaryngology in Palmerston North, Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington before a lateral skull base and implantation fellowship at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne.
As part of the TEAC committee Alice is working to implement ENTrain, the new online training assessment tool for ENT trainees across the Aotearoa and is committed to the ongoing improvement and development of educational resources for students and trainees. She also works with the Medical Council of New Zealand and Te Whatu Ora to provide education and support for prevocational doctors across the region which has been challenging in the last 3 years.
As an implant surgeon for the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme Alice services the lower half of te ika a Māui and is an advocate for equitable hearing services for all people.
Alice is a member of the International Working Group for Endoscopic Ear Surgery and will happily talk to you for hours about this.
Dr Rujuta Cameron
NZSOHNS Academic co-convener
Rujuta Cameron is an ORL consultant in Wellington, New Zealand.
She obtained her FRACS in 2020 after training at Starship -Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Palmerston North.
She has an interest in the paediatric airway and completed a fellowship at Evelina London Children's hospital in paediatric ENT – 2022. She hopes to expand peadiatric ENT services into the Wellington regions and community.
Outside of work she enjoys reading, pilates and spending time with her young family.